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Labour Council Waste

Labour Council Waste

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Published by Mark Pack
How Labour-run local councils are wasting our money
How Labour-run local councils are wasting our money

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Published by: Mark Pack on Apr 30, 2012
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The Spending Challenge: Labour’s record of failure
 
We will manage your money properly.Every pound that is spent, is spent wisely.
 You’ll spend money wisely? Really Ed??Labour councils have been spending millions on cars, redesigning their own plush offices and evensuggested a wine terrace. They have spent thousands on self-publicity, tutorial DVDs and in onecouncil, Labour spent
£8,000
on a new silverware cabinet. Across the country, Labour have wasted millionsof pounds while closing libraries, Sure Startcentres and other essential services.Labour locally, are as bad as Labour nationally.Has Ed Forgotten? In Government his was theparty which spent:
£12bn
on a failed IT system for the NHS
£500m
on failed fire control centres
£2.8m
on furniture and luxury sofas for Labour’s plush Government offices.
DVDs telling you how to unblock a sink 
 A £15,000 oil painting
Repairs to a road only used bycouncillors
More political staff 
 A new silverware cabinet
 A concert in honour of a Labour mayor
Luxury cars for council executives
Legal fees to unmask a mystery blogger
Major refurbishments to council officesSo what have Labourcouncillors really spentyour money on?Islington is one of Labour’s flagship councils. The council is cuttingservices and laying off 
 
140 staff in the year ahead. It has axed
 
fundingfor 16 police community safety officers and thirteen staff in the community safety unit.So in tough times, how have they spent your money in Islington?
£235,000
just spent on 'refreshing' the council website but the difference are minimal
£2,000
on producing a community safety DVD to show to councillors at the last full councilmeeting
£800,000
on creating new parking spaces, that will only raise £500,000
£50,000
wasted on a consultation about future housing which they decided not to finish
£25,000
spent on ‘re-branding’ the council housing serviceFocus on Islington
- Ed Miliband
 
£330,000
of taxpayers' money in redundancypayments to 25 staff - only to rehire them full-time. One worker who agreed a redundancy packagewith Stoke-On-Trent City Council spent just 27 days away from the local authority before returning to anew position.Labour’s efforts in Liverpool to reduce potholes saw most of the £1.1m Government’s grant for filling inpotholes across the city spent on one road only.
£800,000
was spent on resurfacing Regent Road. They also spent taxpayers’ money on sending letters to a resident for a council tax bill for a penny. Thecost of postage only was more than the debt payable. They are also providing luxury cars (a BMW and an Alfa Romeo together worth about
£90,000
) for twosenior employees of the council at taxpayers’ expense.Labour-run Waltham Forest Council prosecuted Linda Bracey for giving away spare cardboard boxesto a passer-by. The authority ran up legal bills of 
£15,000
after accusing Mrs Bracey of ‘illegallydisposing of business waste.’ The Judge branded the case as a ‘monumental waste of public timeand money’.For more than two years, Labour-run South Tyneside Council has been trying to uncover the identity of an anonymous blogger known as Mr Monkey, who has mercilessly criticised and ridiculed Cllr Malcolm and his colleagues.South Tyneside claims the costs so far are less than £75,000 but according to reports the figure ismuch closer to £250,000.Labour councillors at Hull City Council have failed to come up with aplan to deal with the financial shortfall facing the council in 2014 of 
£24m
. This has doubled on their watch.Howhave they been spendingresidents’ money?
£8,000
from an “emergency fund” to buy a display case for council silverware
Reversed the Liberal Democrat cabinet’s decision to take a 5% pay cut
£60,000
for a concert in honour of the Labour councillor who's Lord Mayor this year.Focus on Hull

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